Calla Lily Valley & Garrapata Beach — Big Sur, CA

This short coastal hike to Garrapata Beach is the perfect pit stop during a Highway 1 roadtrip. Plus if you time it right and come during the spring time, the small valley will be filled with tons of blooming calla lilies!

 

Hike Info

Date: 4/15/2017
Miles: 0.5 (roundtrip)
Trailhead: Google Maps

 

Getting There

The start for the trail to Calla Lily Valley is on the west side of the Highway 1. Although there are no signs alongside indicating the start of the hike, there is a small dirt turnout on the side of the road you can park at.

 

The Hike

After parking, it's really just a short walk to the beach from here. With views of the ocean ahead, there are lots colorful wildflowers alongside the path.

The unmarked start of the trail by the highway

The unmarked start of the trail by the highway

The CA coast looking lush from all of the rain this year

The CA coast looking lush from all of the rain this year

After just 0.2 miles, you'll reach the stairs to head down into the small valley with the lilies. Here the Garrapata Trail crosses Doud Creek and continues up along the ridge, or you can follow the creek down through the valley to Garrapata Beach. I've never seen so many lilies in one place, and I couldn't believe they were all here naturally on their own!

The coastal California version of wildflowers!

The coastal California version of wildflowers!

Such an elegant looking flower

Such an elegant looking flower

We seemed to catch the lilies slightly after the peak, as there were lots of flowers that had already wilted

We seemed to catch the lilies slightly after the peak, as there were lots of flowers that had already wilted

In lily heaven

In lily heaven

Heading upstream to the tunnel that runs below the highway

Heading upstream to the tunnel that runs below the highway

This spot would be gorgeous at sunset

This spot would be gorgeous at sunset

After hiking up the canyon and checking out all of the lilies, we headed back down to catch Garrapata Beach on a gorgeous sunny day. This would be a great beach to picnic and lay out in warmer weather.

Thinking about a swim?

Thinking about a swim?

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After drying off and putting our shoes back on, we headed back to the car to continue along the highway.

Hiking back up the stairs alongside the valley

Hiking back up the stairs alongside the valley

Calla Lily Valley was one of my favorite spots during our roadtrip, as how often do you get to see an entire valley of blooming lilies? The beach was also one of the nicest we saw along the Hwy 1.

Other useful sites:

The Outbound

Adventure of the West

Wave Avenue